Thorndike Press

So We Can Glow: Stories

  • Leesa Cross-Smith
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884484
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884482
  • DDC: SC
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 339 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020



A lush, glittering short story collection exploring female obsession and desire. From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories — ranging from the 80's and 90's to present day — expose the hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness, and more. Leesa Cross-Smith's sensuous stories — some long, some gone in a flash — drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days. They recall the intense friendships of teenage girls and the innate bonds between mothers, the first heady rush of desire, and the pure exhilaration of womanhood, all while holding up the wild souls of women so they can catch the light.


Customer Reviews

“Though the 42 stories here often masquerade as slices of domestic life, the scale of the emotional trajectories is treated with the weight of the epic. They are sexy and sly. The dialogue winks and sparks on the page, making every story feel like a flirt. The collection overloads the senses . . . It is the strength of the female characters, though, that truly binds this collection together . . . The woman throughout this collection are constantly being revealed by a powerful inner light.”

— New York Times Book Review